Channel 4 documentary looks at the winners of the £3million postcode lottery from the Scottish island of North Uist
A new documentary has shared the story of a small Scottish community who split a £3 million lottery jackpot and spent their winnings on a plastic wheelbarrow, electric heater and bread maker.
Channel 4’s ‘The Scottish Island that Won the Lottery’ follows the people of North Uist, a small island off the coast of Scotland described as the ‘rough northwestern edge of Britain’.
The crime-free community that 1,500 residents call home doesn’t even have regular customers like McDonald’s or Tesco, and is known for its traditional roots and humble, hard-working people.
But the self-sufficient islanders, who nicknamed their idyllic setting the ‘Scottish Bahamas’, won a £3 million share of the Postcode Lottery jackpot last January.
For many of us, the life-changing sums of money could have been spent on vacations, paying off mortgages, or buying a new car.
But as the program preview asks, ‘If you already have everything you need, what happens when you win £3 million but don’t know how to spend it?’
Channel 4’s latest documentary aimed to explore just that.
Channel 4’s ‘The Scottish Island that Won the Lottery’ follows the people of North Uist, a small island off the coast of Scotland that has no corporate chains like McDonald’s or Tesco
1,500 islanders call North Uist home, with many living modest farming lifestyles (above) on 7 acre ‘crofts’
Speaking about the documentary, residents explained that not much has changed in North Uist’s traditional and hard-working community.
That was until 101 islanders found out they would be handing out a £3 million postcode lottery jackpot in January 2020.
In scenes of wild cheers, the lucky cardholders standing in the village hall were left in disbelief after pocketing over £21,000 each – which is more than most of their annual salaries.
The biggest winners of the day were Pamela and Angus Macaskill, who juggled multiple jobs when they bagged £193,055.
Channel 4’s ‘The Scottish Island that Won the Lottery’ delved into the lives of a handful of locals who hit the jackpot, but were left wondering what else they could possibly need.
Pamela and Angus Macaskill were juggling multiple jobs when they won £193,055 in January 2020
Pamela, 44, looks stunned as she stands on the village hall podium with her family’s newfound fortune
A cell phone, a new bread maker and a plastic wheelbarrow were among the more mundane items the islanders bought (pictured)
Born and raised in North Uist, the Macaskills ponder a family holiday in mainland Scotland, as they wonder how they’ll spend their surprising gains.
Despite winning nearly £200,000, the couple went back to work the next day and Pamela, 44, bought her very first working mobile phone.
She explains: ‘We are not materialistic. It’s not everything.
“In a way I’m not comfortable with the amount we’ve won…it seems like a lot.
“If you’ve never had a lot of money, there’s a huge reluctance on my part to spend it.”
After much deliberation, the couple splashes on a new white BMW and a family holiday to Inverness.
83-year-old peat farmer Duncan Campbell (pictured) said he will keep his ‘make do and fix’ mentality despite pocketing £21,000 from his Postcode Lottery winnings
Duncan replaced his old, rusty wheelbarrow (pictured) with a new plastic wheelbarrow, non-stick frying pan and new bowl in a £149 issue
Donald MacDonald, who has been a fisherman for the past 37 years, has spent £5,000 of his new £64,000 fortune on a new small dinghy.
Of the idyllic setting North Uist is so proud of, he said: ‘It’s like the Bahamas here, but without the heat!’
Duncan Campbell, 83, has had a ‘make do and re’ mentality all his life, dreaming of a new plastic wheelbarrow when he had £21,000 in his pocket.
After getting a ride to the local shops, he spent a fraction of his profits on the new load-carrying tool, a replacement non-stick frying pan and a new bowl.
Duncan jokes with the clerk as his bill stands at £149 and says, ‘This is what a lottery winner looks like.’
His latest purchase is his best yet – a £350 sun lounger.
Clearly this remote island community prioritizes the simple things in life, making it arguably the ‘richest postcode in Britain’.
Fish farmer Attar Johnson gave most of his newfound fortune to his daughter, schoolteacher Eilidh, 24
Fish farmer Attar Johnson gave most of his newfound fortune to his daughter and schoolteacher Eilidh, 24.
The £30,000 will be used to help her climb the property ladder in Glasgow, where she works.
Peter Johnson, 24, may have been the only resident to go on a bondafide shopping spree with his £21,000.
‘I bought a table dishwasher because I am not a fan of washing dishes. And an electric heater,’ he said.
‘Then I bought a bread maker, because hopefully I can make very tasty sandwiches with it.’
Donald MacDonald (above), who has been a fisherman for the past 37 years, has spent £5,000 of his newly found £64,000 fortune on a new small dinghy
Donald said of North Uist (above): ‘It’s like the Bahamas here, but without the heat!’
The Volkspostcodeloterij works on a subscription basis.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll pay £10 per month per ticket, and you’ll automatically be entered into the draws that give you the chance to win prizes every day of the month.
Tickets are based on postcodes and only playing postcodes are included in the draws.
Every day of the week, each ticket in 20 winning zip codes will earn £1,000, while weekend winners in one winning zip code will earn £30,000.